After nearly a year of work, the City of Bend’s Transportation Bond Oversight committee will share its priorities for the next five years with the Bend City Council Dec. 1. Voters approved the $190 million bond in 2020 to improve traffic flow, east-west connections and improve neighborhood safety.
City staffers scored the projects based on how they aligned with goals around cycling, pedestrian travel, crash reduction, safety, equity, synergy with other funding, travel time reliability and mobility, construction fatigue and project readiness. The TBOC is responsible for sequencing the projects, and approved prioritization scores for 28 projects at its regular meeting on Oct. 5. The scores themselves depend on how much of the criteria they met, and not necessarily the urgency of the projects. A map showing the construction projects expected during the first five years of the 2020 transportation bond. "I hate to say ranking, because it’s not a correct term, but it created a list of projects that may meet a certain value within these criteria," said LeeAnn O’Neill, chair of the TBOC. "No matter how highly two projects score, let’s say they score equally, if they’re right next to each other, and it’s going to shut down two east/west corridors, they’re not going to go at the same time."
Though there’s now an outline of project timelines, O’Neill said that timelines are subject to change if other projects are more favorable.
"This sequencing is dynamic, and the committee will be reassessing every time they get new information, funding. And […]